I reviewed the Utah Shakespeare Festival production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream":
Coming out of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I felt like I had just witnessed something really special. I felt myself absolutely beaming.
I had been, admittedly, a bit grumpy as I settled into my seat in the Randall L. Jones Theatre in Cedar City. As a diehard fan of Grassroots Shakespeare in Utah County, which fosters a loud and raucous environment in its audience, I was put off by a gentle attempt at humor in the pre-play introduction that, if I had brought with me a throat lozenge, now would be a good time to unwrap it.
First, the objectionable stuffiness of this announcement starts with the term “throat lozenge” instead of “cough drop,” but I’m mainly opposed to the philosophical argument behind it. I’m used to my Shakespeare being a noisy, collaborative affair, where audience reactions actually help add to the clarity of the narrative (not to mention the fun).